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Point of Contact: Adjunct Professor, Mr Chris Hegadorn (

Areas: food security, agri-voltaics, sustainable development, renewable energy

One or more graduate student interns are sought to assist in the development of several food security- and sustainable development-related projects during the summer and fall of 2023, working closely with Sciences Po Adjunct Professor, Mr Chris Hegadorn (CV below).

Among projects the intern(s) would work on include development of a conceptual framework and viable business model for a (not-for-profit) enterprise focused on scaling up small-scale solar energy fields which are co-located with sustainable agriculture/food production and processing facilities. The core objective of this work on “agri-voltaics” is to better understand how to assist local communities to sustainably increase local food supplies while reducing use of fossil-fuels in agricultural production, strengthening food security (SDG-2), improving health and nutrition outcomes (SDG-3), empowering women farmers (SDG-5) and youth, and increasing access to clean water for health and sanitation (SDG-6).

The selected intern(s) would participate in all aspects of project development, including research, written outreach/communications, generation of a website along with dynamic social media content, outreach to potential partners, event/meeting preparation, and other duties as assigned. This (unpaid) internship is expected to last until the end of 2023, beginning as early as May and lasting throughout the Fall semester. In addition to this project, the selected intern(s) will help design and develop a ‘food conflict/crisis simulation’ proposal designed to inform and strengthen resilience of the European Union’s food system. The intern(s) will also contribute to the preparation and publication of a book on global food security, as well as a possible Fall-term Sciences Po public event on food security issues, and the writing/researching of public opinion and/or academic papers on relevant food security and food systems issues. This unpaid internship can be full or part-time, for which fluency in English is required, with proficiency in French or at least one other foreign language being helpful. Likewise, an understanding of food security and agriculture issues would be useful, though not mandatory. While the internship is anticipated to be “virtual” in nature, occasional in-person meetings with the Professor are likely, at Sciences Po, to review progress on specific projects. If interested, please send a resume and 1-page cover letter to Mr Hegadorn (email above).

Hegadorn, Bio
Sciences Po Adjunct Professor of Food Politics, Mr Chris Hegadorn, is an international consultant focused on global food security, food systems, conflict resolution, and sustainable development. A retired U.S. diplomat with three decades of relevant foreign policy and development experience, he recently served as Executive Secretary of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome from March 2019 to November 2022, and is a Consulting Fellow with the Chatham House Royal Institute in London. During his distinguished diplomatic career, he served in China, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, learned Chinese, Arabic, French and Italian, and won numerous individual and group honor awards along the way. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bryant University and advanced degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the US National Defense University. He and his partner live in Paris, France.